Horry County Fire Rescue teaches fire prevention, installs free smoke alarms

Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14.

That's why this year's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out".

A fire prevention caravan dedicated to child safety in the home, the special "smoke house" will be taken to area schools to instill the importance of smoke alarms in the home and having a fire escape plan. "Within minutes, the intense heat from fire can cause severe, life-threatening burns; the dark, black smoke it generates makes it impossible to see through, and breathing can quickly become hard or impossible".

The Ashtabula Fire Department and NFPA strongly encourage residents to develop a home fire escape plan with all household members.

In Thurston County, the Olympia Fire Department has planned an open house and safety day from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday at its station at 100 Eastside Street NE in Olympia.

Practise your home fire drill twice a year.

"When you're in a panic mode, you rely back to the things you've practiced, that you know really well", Bevis said.

The department also will have information on fire safety and prevention, and visitors will be permitted to examine the firetrucks and other equipment.

Identify all possible exits (doors and windows) and make sure they work.

CKFES will also be visiting apartments over three storeys to discuss the "My Part - Apartment Fire & Emergency Safety Planning" campaign, which informs apartment dwellers on how to evacuate safely or create a shelter during an emergency.

Hicks said the biggest problem his department sees is the removal of smoke detectors or their batteries.

When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.

But, a plan shouldn't just be drawn up and forgotten about - it needs to be practiced, too.

"In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds", states the Town of Banff website. Practice using different ways out.

Today's commemoration will include the annual Fire Prevention Parade at 7 p.m. from the I-77 Welcome Center in Williamstown to the Washington County Fairgrounds.

"Plan Two Ways Out", said Santa Maria Fire Department Chief Leonard Champion.

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